Gosden upbeat about Nathaniel
John Gosden reports Nathaniel to be "much brighter" after the colt was ruled out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday.
The dual Group One winner was considered a major contender for top honours at Longchamp this weekend, but he was found to have a temperature on Tuesday morning and after a subsequent blood test proved unsatisfactory, connections had little option but to withdraw him from the race.
Gosden is much happier with his stable star after observing him on Thursday morning and hopes another blood test on Saturday will show he is recovering.
Gosden said: "He's been out this morning and seems much brighter and happier in himself.
"He'll have another test on Saturday and hopefully things will be back to normal. I am certainly much happier with him now than earlier in the week."
A clash with the brilliant Frankel in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20 would seem the most likely target for Nathaniel, but Gosden is in no rush to commit to future plans.
He said: "We'll take things one day at a time."